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After Saratoga Program

Statement of Philosophy

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Independent living with emotional support and supervised decision making provides experiences to help support social and developmental growth. This atmosphere encourages independent living and realistic goals, in order to function responsibly and appropriately both in their home and in the community. The male adolescent/adult is responsible for a variety of financial, recreational and independent living situations. Commitment to a vocational and/or work program is requested along with introducing the male adolescent/adult to other existing community programs and support systems.

Role and Mandate

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To provide a supportive setting for a male adolescent/adult in need of an alternative living situation, who is able to benefit from an individualized program. Skills are practiced and applied to living situations, and will continue to develop the competence and confidence of living independently.

After Saratoga Program Objectives

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  • To provide a setting for male adolescent/adult in need of an alternative living situation.
  • To provide a safe and supportive environment.
  • To provide opportunities for interaction with peers and adults on a daily basis.
 
  • To offer daily assistance and support as well as weekly reviews of theparticipants goals.
  • To continually develop social skills and competence needed to make independent living safe and secure.
 
  • To encourage community involvement.

Educational Preparation & Experience

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  1. To coordinate counseling and educational programs in the designated area of the male adolescent/adultís community.
  2. To structure a program so that living skills are applied to situations, in order to develop competence, confidence and good judgement.
  3. To enrich the program with life experiences including vocational, recreational and volunteer activities in the wilderness, country, community and city environments.
  4. To provide and support opportunities to enable the male adolescent/adult to gain the skills, experience and confidence to live independently.

Treatment Approach

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The After Saratoga program is geared to male adolescents/ adults between the age of 17 to 18 years. (Special circumstances will be considered on an individual basis). At times, 16 year old male adolescent/adult have been accepted if they are appropriate for the program. The participants have a wide range of issues that can be addressed within programs and community resources. Some participants have developmental challenges, learning disabilities, emotional and/or behavioural challenges.

The After Saratoga program is designed to provide continued care and support to male adolescent/adults in the community. Male adolescent/adults complete goals on a weekly basis as well as working toward long term goals. They receive feedback from staff, employers and educational resources on a regular basis, while also participating in group and individual discussions and community activities. Male adolescent/adults put into practice life skills on a daily basis, and approach new challenges in a community environment. Responsibility, consideration, cooperation and accountability are stressed as they interlock with daily independent life skills. Family meetings are arranged to continue positive family contact with the support of the residentís C.A.S. Social Worker. Art therapy, counseling, tutoring and employment counselling are available to those male adolescent/adults who need this as part of their treatment program. If the male adolescent/adult is in need of an alternative therapeutic approach, then appropriate consultation will be arranged.

Daily contact is maintained with the male adolescent/adult to monitor positive and stressful situations.

After Saratoga has evolved as an extension of Homestead Life Skills Group Home program to further support life skills training and prepare the male adolescent/adult for further education or trade school and transition them by giving them the knowledge to seek the community support. Since these male adolescent/adults have experienced a variety of placements, maintained continuity of care while living independently seems the best approach to helping them reintegrate into the community. This is most successful in their own setting (apartment) geared specifically to an individualized program, while maintaining daily contact with the After Saratoga staff.

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Stephen Bidwell

Program Manager

Cell: 519-524-0040

Fax: 519-524-6537

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